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Starbucks in Italy: ‘Costruiscilo, e loro verranno’

September 10, 2018

Starbucks in Italy: 'Costruiscilo, e loro verranno'

Espresso made it’s world debut in Milan at the 1906 World’s Fair. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz claims his visit to Milan 35 years ago inspired him to go into the coffeehouse business, so he’s thanking the Italian city by draining business from its venerable coffee bars. The huge Milanese Starbuckery opened Friday in an historic former post office, and plans are brewing for Starbucks in Verona, Venice, and other Italian towns.

More:

“Will espresso-loving Italy embrace country’s 1st Starbucks?” Luca Bruno and Frances DeMilio, Associated Press

“Starbucks fulfills its Italian dream. Italians are yet to be enchanted.” Aisha Hassan, Quartz

“Starbucks’ Italian dream comes true, but it is not cheap,” Francesca Landini, Reuters

“Does Italy Want More Cafes? Starbucks Will Find Out,” Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times

“Starbucks In Italy, Latest Stop On U.S. Food Imperialism Tour,” Brant deBoer, Il Sole 24 Ore, via Worldcrunch

 

Note: “Costruiscilo, e loro verranno” = “Build it and they will come.” Maybe.

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Access

June 8, 2018

Access

When Starbucks closed 8,000 stores on May 29th to give 175,000 employees racial bias education, one element was a short film by Stanley Nelson, The Story of Access:

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Starbucks in Shanghai

December 8, 2017

Starbucks in China
Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room opened Wednesday in the HKRI Taikoo Hui luxury shopping complex at 789 West Nanjing Road in Shanghai. It’s the world’s largest Starbucks, 30,000 square feet, with more than 400 employees, and can serve up to 550 people at a time, according to the company. Customers can use Augmented Reality technology to see the coffee making process and use mobile payment via Alibaba.

The first Starbucks Reserve opened in Seattle in December 2014, and the company plans to open a 43,000 square foot location on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in 2019. More Reserve Roasteries are scheduled to open in Milan, New York, Chicago and Tokyo by 2020.

Starbucks has more than 600 coffee shops in Shanghai, more than any other city in the world, and has committed to operating 5,000 stores on the Chinese mainland by 2021.

More:

“World’s largest, most lavish Starbucks opens in Shanghai,” Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post

“Honestly, Let’s All Just Go Live in the Brand New Biggest Starbucks in the World,” Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan

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Starbucks to Bring Espresso to Italy

March 16, 2016

Starbucks to Bring Espresso to Italy

Starbucks is coming to Milan, and Italian cappuccino lovers are frothing mad. The java giant’s CEO Howard Schultz claims his visit to Milan 33 years ago inspired him to go into the coffeehouse biz, so he’s going to thank the ancient city by draining business from its cafés. The first Milanese Starbuckery will open in 2017, and plans are brewing for Starbucks in Verona, Venice, and a couple of other Italian towns.

More:

“Can Starbucks succeed in Italy?” BBC News

“Taking the plunger: Starbucks to open first store in Italy,” The Guardian

“Starbucks in Italy: The Italian espresso wasn’t express enough, apparently,” Samuel Muston, The Independent

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Let a Thousand Lattes Bloom

January 29, 2016

Let a Thousand Lattes Bloom
Walmart may be closing many US stores, but Starbucks is opening 500 new coffee shops in China every year for the next 5 years. Starbucks currently has 2000 shops located in 100 Chinese cities serving Green Tea LattesIced Shaken Blackcurrant Raspberry Juiced TeaMango Passion Fruit and Tea Blended Juice Drink, and Red Bean Green Tea Cheesecake. A latte costs about $6.

More:

“1 U.S. brand booming in China, in spite of economic woes,” Shuai Zhang, CBS News

“China’s Changing Tastes Offer Upside for Coffee,” Laurie Burkitt, Wall Street Journal

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The War on Christmas Coffee Cups

November 13, 2015

The War on Christmas Coffee Cups

For many Americans sipping coffee is a sacrament, so that may be why the new Starbucks Christmas cups stirred up such a heated controversy. The cups are red for the holidays, but with a clean design devoid of tree ornaments or snowmen. What, no snowflakes? Another assault in the War Against Christmas!

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Caffè Latte Is Not What You Think It Is

August 23, 2014

Caffè Latte Is Not What You Think It Is

“Perhaps the latte’s most popular association, at least currently, is with a certain level of affluence. Conservatives complain about ‘latte liberals’ who are out of touch with the working class ….

But the notion that lattes are a sign of privilege may be off-base. Kyla Wazana Tompkins, a professor of English and gender and women’s studies … told Op-Talk that ‘the latte, while it may be attached on a certain level to too much upper-class food knowledge and pretension, it really is no longer an upper-class drink.’ She explained: ‘No matter how many kale salads Starbucks puts in their case, Starbucks is a fast-food purveyor.’ The latte, she argued, ‘is a high-calorie food that’s being pushed in an industrialized way largely to working-class people.’ And, she added, ‘it’s important to think about the explosion of all of these industrialized lattes, all these frozen lattes, all the Frappuccinos, as links to a larger problem of creating cheap, high-calorie, low-nutrition food for working-class people.’”

More:

“If You Read This, You Might Never Drink a Latte Again,” Anna North, New York Times

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Colombia Menaced by Invasion

July 16, 2014

Colombia Menaced by Invasion

Colombia produces much of the world’s high-quality Arabica coffee. The coffee-growing region of this Central American country is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the EU granted the crop Protected Denomination of Origin status.

A major customer for Colombian coffee is the USA’s sprawling, globe-spanning Starbucks coffee shop chain. There are approximately umpteen bazillion Starbucks locations worldwide. Today, July 16th, there will be a new one. In Bogotá, capital city of Colombia. In the high-end Parque 93 district. Near a homegrown Juan Valdez Café. Ouch.

Starbucks plans to open 50 locations in Colombia by 2018.

 More:

“Make room Juan Valdez: Starbucks opens in Colombia,” Joshua Goodman, AP via Miami Herald

“Starbucks to take on Juan Valdez in Colombia,” Marina Villeneuve, Washington Post

“Starbucks ya está listo para abrir sus puertas en Bogotá, pero algo esconden los gringos…” pulzo

“Starbucks se instala en Colombia oficialmente,” LA F.m.

“A cartographic guide to Starbucks’ global domination,” David Yanofsky, Quartz

La Federación Nacional de Cafeteros website

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Starbucks World Domination

June 3, 2014

Starbucks World Domination
Circle, Montana (pop.615) is as far as you can get from any of the 11,563 Starbucks in America, 192 miles. Anywhere else in the States, you’re probably 4 or 5 blocks from one. In the cities of 63 other countries you might be even closer.

Seoul has 284 Starbucks, New York City has 277; Shanghai has 256. Chris Meller gathered the data from the company’s website, and Quartz presents it, nicely visualized:

“A cartographic guide to Starbucks’ global domination,” David Yanofsky, Quartz

Related:

“The wealthy, English-speaking country Starbucks can’t conquer,” John McDuling, Quartz

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Don’t Take Your Guns to Starbucks

September 19, 2013

Dob't Take Your Guns to Starbucks

Excerpt, open letter from Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks Coffee:

“Few topics in America generate a more polarized and emotional debate than guns. In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners (employees) who work in our stores have been thrust unwillingly into the middle of this debate. That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.”

Reuter’s Robert MacMillan: “If you must pack heat, please order decaf.”

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